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Change Observable in Egyptian Art.

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wanting until the eleventh, the first of the Middle Empire. This is one of those sudden interruptions in the history of Egypt which may be compared to the temporary disappearance of those curious rivers which run partly underground."[1]


Fig. 47.—Statue from the Ancient Empire, in limestone. Boulak. Drawn by Bourgoin.

When historians, living as long after our nineteenth century as we do after the epochs of Memphite and Theban supremacy in Egypt, come to treat the history of the past, they will perhaps

  1. M. Melchoir de Vogüé, Chez les Pharaons (Revue des Deux Mondes of Jan. 15, 1877).